Gallery: 10 Must-See Design Destinations Around The World

 
Deep in the subtropical rainforest of Xilitla, Mexico, sits a Surrealist jungle estate. Created for Edward James, a popular patron of the Surrealist movement in the 1930s and 1940s, the estate combines 80 acres of natural waterfalls and pools with James’ penchant for design. The grounds are covered with concrete Surrealist architectural structures that intermingle between beds of tropical plants and orchids. James lived there from 1949 to 1984, but now visitors can enjoy the grounds themselves, which are maintained by the Fondo Xilitla.

If you’re daydreaming about your next vacation, and looking for something a little off the beaten path, why not consider embarking on a global design tour? The world is full of inspiring destinations for travelers looking for a recharge, and you only need to do a bit of googling to plan a unique design vacation. Come along with Inhabitat for a brief tour of our favorite design destinations around the globe – from scuba diving to an amazing underwater art installation in Mexico to jetsetting to an ultra-modern designer hotel that towers over NYC’s iconic High Line park and meandering through the world’s largest wooden structure, which recently rose in Seville. Read on for 10 of our favorite, must-see design destinations!

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13 Comments

  1. Surrey Removals March 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I wish I could visit all these wonderful places once in my life time,

  2. Charley Cameron March 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    The surrealist sculpture garden looks incredible!

  3. marccarter March 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Aww. I was just in Cancun. It would have been cool to check that out!

  4. jkgreen March 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Love the High Line

  5. Jessica Dailey March 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    a lot of places to add to my bucket list!

  6. Bridgette Meinhold March 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I hope I get to see all of these some day.

  7. Mark Boyer March 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Have only been to 3 of these — Seville & Norway are on my list.

  8. Molly Cotter March 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Wowza! One ticket to Spain please!

  9. Dan Mendes March 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I need a ticket to norway, those landscapes are just beautiful

  10. Lori Zimmer March 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    One day I will get to Las Pozas!

  11. Yuka Yoneda March 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I definitely want to visit Rotterdam.

  12. MET25 March 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

    The Standard was designed by Polshek Partnership/Ennead Architects…

  13. Diane Pham March 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    would love to dive to that coral reef. beautiful!

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